Von Miller and his perennially positive attitude about the Denver Broncos might be on to something this year. During the offseason, the Broncos made several free agency moves that many bettors believe improve their NFL odds to make the playoffs. The Broncos focused on improving their defense to stop the powerful offenses of their divisional rivals.
So, what will this improved defense do to the over/under odds?
Let’s take a closer look at how the Broncos’ NFL odds improved as they worked to better their defense.
Simmons and Jackson Are a Powerhouse Pair of Safeties
The Broncos used their franchise tag to protect Pro Bowler Justin Simmons from free agency, later signing him to a four-year, $61 million contract. Simmons has earned his Pro Bowler status by playing every defensive snap since 2018 and is tied for second place in franchise history for the most interceptions.
Meanwhile, his partner in the backfield, Kareem Jackson, went into free agency but ended up staying in Denver on a one-year, $5 million contract. Keeping this veteran on the team was an important move for new General Manager George Paton.
New Cornerbacks From Free Agency
It was clear in free agency that the Broncos recognized the need to shore up their secondary by picking up two cornerbacks.
Head Coach Vic Fangio was already well acquainted with Kyle Fuller, who the Broncos grabbed from the Chicago Bears. Fuller’s ability to play both outside and in the slot helps bring some versatility to the Broncos’ defense.
Ronald Darby from Washington also joined the Broncos, bringing his one-on-one skills to the secondary. He showed his durability by playing an impressive 1,000 snaps last season.
Miller and Jones Bring Power and Speed to the Front Seven
The Denver Broncos’ front seven, with the powerhouse team of Von Miller and Dre’Mont Jones, should give offensive coordinators nightmares.
Miller, who suffered a late-season injury last season, is back on the field. Miller has earned eight Pro Bowl nods, seven All-Pro honors, and a Super Bowl MVP award. He also leads the Broncos franchise in career sacks.
Jones’ 6 1/2 sacks last season earned him a starting position as part of the Broncos defense. He’s more than capable of defending the run and has become widely known as a strong pass-rusher.
Broncos Over/Under Odds
The Denver Broncos retained their top defensive players and brought in what they needed to shore up the defense in the off-season. So, how does this impact their over/under odds?
The improved Broncos’ defense is sure to allow fewer points, giving them more wins than they had in 2020 and a potential spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. It’s also going to make bettors choose the under in most of their games.
Will the Denver Broncos’ Defense Dominate in 2021?
This week, the Denver Broncos NFL odds look promising against the struggling New York Jets, especially now that the Broncos have shored up those weak defensive spots in their lineup. It’s possible that the Broncos could finish 4-1 or 5-0, which will dramatically impact their odds.
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